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Lauren Lefevre offers professional styling services and is a well-renowned fashion blogger, having made several trips to New York Fashion Week and being sponsored by Nordstrom.

The Beautycounter Site-Wide Sale

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Happy weekend, friends! Many of you have probably heard about the Beautycounter Site-Wide SALE and it’s still going strong until the 12th! This is THE TIME to stock up on all your Beautycounter faves as well to try some new products! Sales like this only happen 2-3 times a year max, so it’s the perfect time to take advantage of mass savings!

Truthfully, I have switched about 90% of my beauty and personal care products, as well as my family’s, over to Beautycounter. I am very proud of our conscious switch to safer, and thankful for products that are high-performing and work so well! That said, it’s hard to narrow down my “favorites” since there are SO many wonderful products.

Here is my best attempt at narrowing down a “TOP FIVE” favorites, based also on what you all have purchased over the past few years and keep telling me you use all the time and love…

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  1. Countermatch Adaptive Lotion :: Best all-around face moisturizer I've EVER used. Great for all skin types, adapts throughout the day to give your skin exactly what it needs. My hubby & kids use this, too!

  2. Balancing Charcoal Mask :: If you follow me on Instastories, you know I swear by this mask and use it 1 - 2 x a week, every week. Everyone needs this in their skin care arsenal to detox and clarify skin! My kids love it, too.

  3. Body Butter :: My daily body moisturizer & a crowd favorite. Ultra-hydrating, lightly scented and so luxe! Doubles as a hand cream!

  4. Overnight Resurfacing Peel :: A mini-facial in a bottle that works for all skin types. Apply nightly or a few times a week and wake up to smooth, glowing skin!

  5. Hydrating Lipgloss :: Best lipgloss ever! Long lasting, not sticky & ultra-hydrating! 12 shades to choose from!

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Last but not least, you can “double-dip” with savings right now and get FREE SHIPPING when you join the Band of Beauty. I highly recommend adding the $29 Band of Beauty to your cart if you are spending $100 or more, since you will receive FREE SHIPPING, a FREE FULL SIZE BODY LOTION and 10% back in product credit…and you will reap all these benefits for a full year! No strings attached!

Be sure to take advantage of this sale before August 12th, and feel free to reach out to me via email at beautycounter@editbylauren.com with any questions about products! I am always happy to make recommendations.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stylishly yours,

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DressUp Boutique Back to School Sale + Try On

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Happy Saturday, friends!

I am excited to bring you a brand new try-on session from Dress Up boutique today. Y’all went crazy about the one I posted in June, and today’s try on is full of some great early-Fall basics.

It’s Back to School Weekend at Dress Up, which means lots of new arrivals and promos. All jeans are $24 and tee shirts are just $12! Denim jackets are just $26!

In addition, you can use my exclusive promo code XOLAUREN15 to save an additional 15% off your purchase!

Before we dive in, one word to the wise…if you see something you like, snag it fast. Promos like this don’t last long and lots of items sold out during my last try on.

Now let’s get to shopping!

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Best $24 black jeans you will ever find right here! These jeans are so comfortable, fit like a dream and I love the raw hem! You’ll see in the pics below that you can dress them up or down.

This cocoon cardigan is the perfect light-weight layering piece, and comes in several colors. This tee is a great basic, long enough to wear untucked with leggings and just $12 this weekend.

This is such a cute denim jacket and it’s on promo for $26 this weekend! It’s an oversized fit, so size down. I am wearing a medium here since the size small was sold out in store but I would prefer a small.

These leopard sneakers are on promo for $18 this weekend and come in four patterns.

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This outfit shows how well these same $24 black jeans can dress up! I am loving them paired with this new snakeskin top. Snakeskin is HUGE trend for Fall, and this top is fantastic. I am wearing a size small, but would size up to a medium since it’s cropped.

This dress is one of the most comfortable things I have ever slipped on! It’s perfect to wear now into Fall, and equally cute paired with a wedge or sneaker, and then will look great with a bootie for Fall. I am wearing a small.

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If you are a UGA fan like me, this dress is so perfect for game day! It’s lightweight and comfortable, and could be layered with a denim or leather jacket. If red/black isn’t your color scheme, it also comes in white/black. I am wearing a small.

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This $34 romper is perfection! It fits like a dream and is the perfect outfit for a date night, girls night or evening function! It comes in four colors, including a gorgeous shade of red. I am wearing a small.

Here’s another great pair of jeans for just $24 this weekend! {I am also wearing a size 7 in these.}

This striped tee is super soft and perfect alone or layered. I love how comfortable and casual this waffle knit cardigan is for layering.

If you love camo like me, you need to snag this camo tee while it’s just $12 this weekend! Like the white tee I featured above, this one is also long enough to wear “tucked out” over leggings, and great for layering.

This black mini is cool because it has a sheen to it that makes it appear like leather but it’s actually a stretchy, soft material. it’s a skirt you could dress up or down. I am wearing a medium here but could easily have worn a small since it’s so stretchy.

This leopard top is simply the cutest! It’s also soft and stretchy and looks great tucked in or out. I love the ruffle details on the sleeves.

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I also love this skirt paired casually with a plaid top. This top is so fun for Fall, and comes in another plaid. It’s super oversized so I recommend sizing down.

This “cloud sweater” is one of my favorite items from the try-on. It reminds me of a Free People top I have and love from years ago, and comes in four great colors, including the ivory shown below. I am wearing a small.

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If you love skirts for Fall like me, this corduroy one is so fun and such a great color!

I also love these $19.99 snakeskin slides! They are such an amazing shoe for the price.

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I noticed this cute animal print tee right at the end of my try-on and had to slip it on! I love the pattern and the ruffle sleeve. I am wearing a medium here since it’s all they had in store, but would prefer a small.

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Last but not least, if you like oversized white tees like me, this one is great for a summer-to-Fall basic. It will be perfect paired with an cardigan and layered over my favorite leggings, too!

Head over to my Instastories @laurenlefevre to watch this try on. I will have it saved to my highlights, too.

And remember to use my exclusive promo code XOLAUREN15 for 15% off everything you purchase in store or online.

Here’s a recap of all the items from my try-on ::

Happy Shopping!

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My Natural Beaded Rows Extensions :: All your questions answered

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One of the most regular compliments I receive here on the blog and on social media is about my hair. My hair {and my extensions} are also one of the most frequently-asked questions I receive from y’all weekly.

So, today, I am FINALLY answering all your most-asked hair questions, and giving you a little back-story on why I wear extensions + my history with wearing extensions. If there is anything you are wondering that I don’t answer in this post, please feel free to email me at lauren@editbylauren.com.

First things first :: Why do I wear extensions?!

I started wearing extensions {glue beads} a few years after college, after a “dramatic” summer of my hair breaking off due to over-bleaching it. {I was going for the “Jessica Simpson” blonde that was popular back on her days of the “Newlyweds” TV show.} and over styling. I learned that too much bleach + too much heat from straightening irons were not a recipe for hair health! Needless to say, my hair kept thinning and breaking, and a stylist at my salon at the time recommend glue in extensions.

I’ll be honest…extensions are addicting! Once you go from shorter hair to longer hair, or thinner hair to thicker hair, it’s hard to go back!

So fast forward, over the years, I have tried ALL kinds of extensions from glue in to a weave to tape-ins. Although I always enjoyed the length and fullness, every extension type I tried kept breaking and tearing out my hair…thinning it more and more.

Until I found NBR…!

Why Natural Beaded Rows ?!

I had heard of NBR for a few years and had some friends in the blogging industry do it with amazing results, but I didn’t know anyone local that knew the process. When Luz Swan, certified NBR stylist and owner of Davao Salon in Milton, reached out last Fall, I was ecstatic!

At our first appointment removed my tape-ins and highlighted & toned my entire head, as well as the new extension hair, so that the color is seamless. She even “roots” the extension hair so that they blend with your natural roots. This process keeps the extensions unnoticeable, even when hair is worn up or when the wind blows.

Speaking of wearing my hair up, I had NEVER been able to wear my hair in a high-pony, a top-knot or half up with any kind of extension before NBR. It’s truly life-changing to be able to wear your hair any way you want, without fear of extensions showing.

Want proof?! See the pics below, all taken with my NBR extensions!

How often do you have to have NBR extensions moved up?! Once installed, NBR extensions are moved up approximately every 8 weeks. This process only takes about an hour {sometimes two, depending on how many rows you have}. This is the perfect time to also get color done!

Can you re-use the hair?! YES! One of the best things about NBR is that you can keep re-using the hair. Once you make the initial investment in the hair and installation, you can keep using the hair for a year or more. I am still wearing the hair I had installed last Fall, and 9 months later, it’s still going strong!

It’s difficult to articulate how much money this saves long-term until you have bought tape-ins or beaded glue hair in the past. These techniques might seem a bit less expensive up front, but long-term, the constant buying of hair for each install really adds up! {Trust me, I know from personal experience!}

Is NBR damaging? No, it’s the least damaging of all extensions since there is no tape or glue used! In fact, my natural hair has been able to start growing thicker and longer now that I have been using this technique. See pics at bottom of the post!

How much is NBR?! This is one of the most-asked questions, and the answer is…the price truly depends on your current hair and your goals for your hair, AKA how many rows you need. If you are staying a similar length to your current hair and want to add fullness, you may just need one row. If you are wanting to drop the length, you will need more! I have two rows + one mini in my hair.

Because every persona and head of hair is unique, my stylist, Luz, prefers potential clients fill out this form for a custom quote/estimate! What I love is that Luz’s rates include the hair, seamless color, installation, cut and styling! You get a lot of bang for your buck!

As a returning client, you can expect to spend $250-$600 for touch-ups ever 8 weeks or so. This includes a color-touch-up as well.

Can NBR work for textured hair?! YES! One of the stylist’s at Davao has very curly red hair and is able to sport her NBR extensions flawlessly. It’s really unbelievable how Luz can achieve these seamless blends. Head over to Luz’s Instagram @fixhairupper and click on her Before & After Highlight to see tons of transformations!

Last but not least, I wanted to show my personal “before” pic, so that you can truly appreciate how NBR has dramatically transformed my hair!

The pic on the left is my hair when I first saw Luz. Hair is broken and damaged from years of tape-ins. Pic on the right is four months into wearing NBR. You can see my hair is growing thicker and longer, with less breakage!

The pic on the left is my hair when I first saw Luz. Hair is broken and damaged from years of tape-ins. Pic on the right is four months into wearing NBR. You can see my hair is growing thicker and longer, with less breakage!


Here is one more pic of a friend/follower who saw Luz per my recommendation. She initially got one row, and then went back for a second row. I think this is helpful to see the difference!

Top left :: Hair before, Top right :: Hair with ONE row, Bottom center :: Hair with TWO rows

I’ll conclude with saying that I truly believe that investing in your hair is one of the best personal investments you can make. You wear your hair each and every day, and I know personally what a confidence builder it is to LOVE your hair!

If you are on a tight budget, it’s hand-down worth sacrificing buying clothes and accessories, to invest in your hair.

You are worth it, and life is too short not to have the hair of your dreams! If you live in or around the Atlanta area, going to see Luz is 100% worth it. She is worth the drive and worth the investment! Luz is passionate about making her clients achieve the hair of their dreams, and is one of the kindest people I know. Her salon and staff will make you feel right at home, too.

If you have any questions at all about the extension process, please feel free to email me at lauren@editbylauren.com or to message Luz on her IG account here.

Stylishly yours,

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P.S. If you are not in the market for extensions, but are looking for an amazing salon for color and/or color correction, I cannot more highly recommend Davao. I am amazed by story after story, picture after picture, of clients whose hair color and cuts have been perfected. Mention I sent you when you book an appointment and receive a complementary Kerastase Fusio Hair Treatment .







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